Major League Baseball Analyst
Rick Sutcliffe serves as an ESPN Major League Baseball analyst, appearing on Wednesday night telecasts (since 2002). He has also provided commentary for Major League Baseball’s International coverage of the World Series. He joined ESPN full-time in March 1999 after serving as a guest analyst for ESPN Radio’s coverage of the 1998 Major League Baseball playoffs. In 2002, he worked ESPN-produced Division Series telecasts on ABC Family.
Sutcliffe made his ESPN Radio debut as a full-time analyst on April 4,1999, alongside Charley Steiner at the Opening Night game showcasing Colorado and San Diego from Monterrey, Mexico. He made his ESPN television debut later that week. From 1999 through 2001, he worked select ESPN Radio broadcasts.
Sutcliffe has also served as an analyst for Padres games on Channel 4 in San Diego (1997-2004).
In 2003, he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Prior to joining ESPN, Sutcliffe logged two seasons as pitching coach at Idaho Falls, San Diego’s Single-A affiliate from 1996 to 1997. He also served as a minor league pitching instructor for the Padres system in 1998 and 1999. His coaching duties followed an award-winning major league career in which he posted 171 victories over 16 seasons with the Dodgers, Indians, Cubs, Orioles and Cardinals (1979-94).
Sutcliffe earned National League Rookie of the Year honors in 1979 with the Dodgers. Early in the 1984 season, he was traded to the Cubs from the Indians and notched a 16-1 record with a 2.69 ERA to lead Chicago to the N.L. East Championship. He became the only player to win the Cy Young Award while pitching in both leagues in the same season. A three-time All-Star selection (1983, ’87 and ’89), Sutcliffe won at least 16 games in five different seasons.
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